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    • Coed, college preparatory
    • 581 students under one roof in preschool through 12th grade
    • Average class size: 12
    • Student-faculty ratio: 8:1
    • Seniors accepted to four-year colleges/universities: 100%
    • $3.5 in need- and merit-based aid to 43 percent of our students in 2016-17


    • High academic standards
    • Supportive faculty who provide individual attention to all students
    • Emphasis on substantive reading and writing in myriad genres and styles
    • 1:1 iPad program for grades 8-12
    • Variety of teaching methods to stimulate students' creativity and critical thinking
    • Regular review of preschool through 12th-grade curriculum ensures the material keeps a natural sequence and flow


    This program is designed for children ages 3-5, and consists of half- or full-day options


    • Readers' and Writers' Workshop
    • Skill-based grouping in math
    • Education of the whole child, with art, music and physical education as important as academics
    • Spanish language instruction begins in preschool


    • Strong advisory program, fostering close teacher-student relationships
    • Literature-based English instruction and classroom discussions
    • Teaching of study skills integrated throughout curriculum
    • Foreign languages: Spanish and Mandarin
    • Exposure and encouragement to participate in the fine and performing arts, such as art, chorus, ensemble and theater


    • Advanced Placement courses in 13 subjects
    • Independent study and Independent Senior Projects for advanced work beyond curriculum
    • Foreign languages: Spanish, French, Latin and Mandarin
    • Outstanding college preparation, with special emphasis on reading, writing, math, science and discussion skills
    • LCDS is one of ten schools in the U.S. invited to participate in The Hague International Model United Nations conference held annually in The Netherlands
    • Students develop not just awareness but fluency in cultures through an outward-looking curriculum and courses that include travel to destinations both in the U.S. and abroad

  • ARTS

    • LCDS has an extraordinary arts program with inspired, professional artists in theater, ceramics, fine arts, dance, and music
    • Private music lessons are also available during the school day for students of all grades


    Students in preschool through fifth grade have four to five physical education classes each week; sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders have three. Interscholastic sports begin as early as third grade in some sports. LCDS is a member of the PIAA, which allows us to compete in district and state playoff games. We also participate in the Lancaster-Lebanon League and the Tri-Valley League. In addition to the sports LCDS offers, our students can participate in a variety of interscholastic sports at McCaskey High School (School District of Lancaster) and Lancaster Catholic.  


    Country Day's comprehensive college guidance program, which begins in eighth grade, is designed to help students follow their passions and find the right college match. Our graduates unfailingly report that they were exceptionally well prepared for college.


    LCDS is deeply committed to connecting children to the world around them. We encourage students from all grades to participate in a wide variety of community service projects, whether large or small, local or international. All Upper School students may earn an "Outstanding Community Service" designation on their transcripts in recognition of individual projects.


    • Economic — 33 percent of students receive need-based financial aid
    • Geographic — Students from six counties and 38 school districts
    • Racial — 25 percent students of color


    • More than 80 percent of fulltime Upper School faculty teaching academic courses hold advanced degrees, and 60 percent of all faculty do
    • LCDS faculty have earned professional development grants as well as national and international recognition through programs including the Fulbright, Klingenstein, Christa McAuliffe Fellowships, AARMS, N.E.H. seminars in the U.S. and Europe, the Whalen Chemistry Award and the U.S. Chemistry Olympiad
    • Country Day has two fully endowed faculty chairs to honor outstanding teachers at the school


    • Transportation is provided at no cost by public school districts in a 10-mile radius of LCDS
    • Transportation is available for a fee from Berks, York and Dauphin Coutnies
    • Carpooling may be arranged from most other areas
    • Books and supplies are provided for students in preschool through fifth grade. Books for grades 6-12 may be purchased through several online services. Estimated yearly book costs is $100-$250.


    • In the 2016-2017 school year, LCDS awarded more than $3.5 million in need- and merit-based aid to 43 percent of our students.
    • Students in Kindergarten through 12th grade can apply for need-based aid. Merit-based aid is available in 6th-12th grades, with limited awards in Lower School from select feeder schools. 


    • No. of high school seniors: 50
    • Percentage receiving a diploma: 100
    • Percentage planning to attend a 4-year college: 100


    American University
    Bloomsburg University
    Boston College (2)
    Bryn Mawr College
    Davidson College
    Denison University
    Dickinson College (2)
    Drexel University
    Elizabethtown College
    Georgetown University
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Gettysburg College
    Hamilton College (3)
    Haverford College (2)
    Lafayette College
    Lebanon Valley College
    Michigan State University
    Millersville University
    Muhlenberg College
    New York University (2)
    New York University - Shanghai
    Northeastern University
    Pennsylvania State University 
    Rice University
    Rollins College
    Stanford University
    Temple University
    Tulane University
    University of Alabama
    University of California - Santa Cruz
    University of Delaware
    University of New Hampshire (2)
    University of Notre Dame
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of Richmond (2)
    University of Vermont
    University of Washington
    Vassar College
    Villanova University
    Wake Forest University (2)
    Wesleyan University

An independent, college-preparatory school founded in 1908, Lancaster Country Day School combines a rigorous curriculum with a supportive and encouraging faculty to ensure that every preschool-12th grade student receives the best education available. In addition to Lancaster, students come from Hershey, York and Reading to become part of our vibrant, high-spirited community.

Lancaster Country Day School © 2013

725 Hamilton Road
Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: (717) 392-2916